Youth Week kicked off on Wednesday 10th April with the Wynyard Youth Festival & Job Expo. The Youth Festival & Job Expo was held at C3 Church in Wynyard and approx. 200 students from Wynyard High School & Yolla District High School were in attendance.

YFCC partnered with Waratah-Wynyard Council and Rural Health to plan, organise and run the event. The Youth Festival & Job Expo celebrated the young people in attendance, provided connections to health and wellbeing supports in the community, and created connections to the work environment.

At the festival the young people were treated to a variety of entertainment and activities; including interactive stalls run by service providers, live music by local band Wavelet and drumming by Burnie Taiko, a giant slide, zorb balls, photobooth, virtual reality, free bbq and hot drinks, plus much more.

We were stoked to have been successful in receiving a youth week grant from the Tasmanian Government to put on the event.

On Friday April 12th Embrace the Place had its inaugural year in Devonport as part of Youth Week. This was the evolution of Reclaim the Lane which had been Devonport’s stand out Youth Week event for the last seven years. The change in location (and therefore name) was for a variety of reasons, the most significant being the Lane had been reclaimed!

The new venue is Provedore Place and the surrounding Market Square. This purpose built function centre offers much more space and also allowed us to utilise both indoor and outdoor areas. It was great to see the space dedicated for a youth event and it was well supported with 20 stall holders showing up to engage with local youth. The event was also embraced (pardon the pun) by the community with over 300 people coming down to get involved.

This event is coordinated as one of the many partnership activities between YFCC & Devonport City Council and received funding support from the Tasmanian Government.